Surly Pacer

Behold the Pacer, now also available as a complete bike. For years this one was available only as a frameset. It was understated, didn’t draw a lot of attention to itself, but it rode great and anyone who rode one loved it.

The Pacer is not what most race-inspired roadies seem to drool over. It isn’t on the cutting edge of design, it isn’t made of the latest ultra light super-expensive materials, and it isn’t festooned with lots of bright colors and graphics. Rather, it is a road bike made of our favorite material, cro-moly steel, using frame geometry that makes it fast and efficient like a road bike should be, but it is not a racing bike. This is a frame meant for all day rides. There are a lot of other road frames out there that are flashier, more exotic, and full of promises most riders only dream of fulfilling. The Pacer doesn’t make promises. It’s simply a great riding steel frame.

For 2011, Surly is offering it as a complete bike to make it easier for folks to try one. It’s laterally stiff but vertically compliant, which is just a fancy way of saying it’s comfy but responds when you push hard on the pedals. It’s got plenty of tire clearance for larger tires than are normal for road frames because larger tires are more comfy. Since tire casings flex before the frame, higher volume tires to take the edge off the bumps and jangles which otherwise can harsh your ride. The complete version is outfitted with 28mm tires, a good all around size that will still allow you to add fenders if you like. As you might expect, it’s built up with a parts kit that is more than capable but not snobbish or unnecessarily expensive. No, the Pacer will not impress people who live for the next replica team ‘kit.’ The Pacer reminds us, quietly, that there is a road bike out there for the rest of us.

Year 2011

Build Specs

Frame Surly Pacer, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted. TIG
Fork Surly Pacer, Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Lugged and brazed. 1 1/8″ threadless
steer tube, uncut
Front derailleur Shimano Tiagra, FD4500. Bottom pull
Rear derailleur Shimano Tiagra, RD4500SS. Short cage
Crankset FSA Vero, 50/34t. Silver. 110mm BCD
Bottom bracket Shimano, UN54 square taper. 68 x 107mm
Cassette Shimano Tiagra, HG50 9-speed. 12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25t
Chain SRAM PC971, 9-speed 3/32″
Headset Ritchey Logic Comp, 1 1/8″ threadless, w/ 30mm spacers. Hset black, spacers silver
Stem Kalloy AS-008, 1 1/8″ threadless, 26.0mm bar clamp. Silver
Handlebar Salsa Short and Shallow, Ergonomic. Silver.
Handlebar wrap Co-Union Cork, Black. Grippy.
Brake/shift levers Shimano Tiagra STI, ST4500. Short reach inserts installed for 42 – 54cm frame sizes.
Brakes Tektro R358, Silver
Seatpost Kalloy SP-248, 27.2 x 350mm. Silver
Seatpost clamp Surly stainless, Black. 30.0mm
Saddle WTB SST, Vinyl, Lionel. Cro, Molly. Black, Jack.
Pedals once again, we don’t provide pedals.
Hubs Shimano Tiagra, FB/FH4500. 32h w/ QR
Spokes DTSwiss Champion, 14g/2.0mm stainless. 12mm silver brass nipples
Rims Alex R390, 32h. 700c. Black.
Tires Continental Ultra Sport, 700c x 28mm. Steel bead. Black
Tubes C.S.T. butyl, 700 x 25-32mm

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